I just love this time of year when we can decorate our classrooms in red hearts and Cupids! Kids love Valentine’s Day and so do teachers! I think it’s because it’s a special time to promote friendship and kindness. But do our kids really know how to spot a good friend?
I decided to compile everything I have heard and learned through the years about friendship and kids and put together a packet that really helps kids understand what a good friend is. A true friend. Even after teaching kids all year about friendship and sharing, kids still have difficulties dealing with certain situations because they just may not have learned what to look for in a friend. I broke this down into What is a good friend? How to recognize a good friend. How to BE a good friend.
I wanted a set that I could use all year long – not just for Valentine’s Day. Even for Valentine’s Day, I wanted kids to understand that friendship is not something that is earned through chocolates and gifts but through kindness and understanding and being honest. So while I love to have a little Valentine’s Day party, I also wanted to front load the understanding that friendship takes work. Where I teach, it is also anti-bullying month. I think it’s very important to teach kids about bullying but I think it’s equally as important to teach kids about the positive social skills and confidence to recognize what a good friend is, don’t you think?
In this set, kids will read about what a good friend is and then sort character traits on a good friend/not a good friend mat. (This can be a great center activity too.)
Now including a bonus lap book set!!
If you’d like to take a look at this new set, click here or on the image below. Have a great day!